Confluence

Artists (L-R) Kelly Klick (Pinawa), Kelly Murray (Stead), Alexandra Ross (Mitchell), Cyndi Wiebe (Ile des Chenes) Photo credit: Tom McMahon

Pinawa Art Gallery’s upcoming visual Arts Exhibition:
“Confluence: rural artists emerging through waves of isolation”
runs Nov 20 to Dec 6 showcasing 4 emerging artists from Eastern Manitoba.

The Pinawa Art Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition Confluence: Rural artists emerging through waves of isolation. This exciting exhibition will run publicly from November 20 through December 6th, 2021 at the L.B. Lewis Centre, 24 Aberdeen Avenue, Pinawa Manitoba.

Meeting through the Rural Artists Mentorship Program and spending many hours through Zoom, the four artists and their mentor found friendship and support. Artists Kelly Murray, Alexandra Ross, Cyndi Wiebe and Kelly Klick worked with mentor Brenna George through the isolation and disruption of the pandemic. After a year what has evolved is a confluence of their different mediums, styles and passions allowing the public to explore what it has meant to be apart together.

This exhibition ran in October at the Southwestern Manitoba Gallery under the title Conflux and is booked to run in Neepawa in January. Open to the public Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am-3pm. Information, artist lead group and private tours by appointment through klick@mymts.net.

Kelly Murray (Stead, Manitoba) used watercolours and a love of local nature to find solace and beauty through her practice. Kelly will be leading a workshop called: Snow Frisket: how to block out an area. It will run on Saturday November 20 th at 1-3pm. Participants will be painting an up close picture of a pine/fir branch that is covered with snow, allowing exploration with blocking watercolour paint to create white.

Cyndi Wiebe (Ile des Chênes, Manitoba) created and published a dynamic children’s book titled Molly & Space for Adventure. Cyndi will be running a family friendly workshop called: Creating my own Galaxy. Using sensory play/art process and reading from her book Cyndi will lead families in exploring what it may feel like to zoom through space. This workshop will be on Saturday November 20th at 10-12.

Alexandra Ross (Mitchell, Manitoba) worked with clay, lino and photography to explore her own story. Alexandra will be facilitating a workshop called: Responsive clay sculpture. In this workshop participants will have a brief introduction to the variety of clay practices. The workshop will cover clay bodies for sculpture, hand building techniques as well as responsive mark making.  Participants will select a found object to respond to and make a clay sculpture to accompany the object. There will also be the option for participants to fire their work at a later date if they choose. This workshop will run Saturday November 27th at 10-12.

Kelly Klick (Pinawa, Manitoba) used icons of women’s’ craft and daily living along with her own oil painting and clay sculpture to tell the story of the placenta. Her series of assemblage work titled Mother Cake supported her transition from midwife to artist. As curator of this exhibition, Kelly will be available for artist lead tours by appointment klick@mymts.net

The Pinawa Art Gallery will be open for coffee and chocolates as well as showing our members work for sale. Items by Confluence artists including Cyndi Wiebe’s book will also be available for purchase. All attendance is by donation. Workshops are held at the Pinawa Art Gallery in the education area. Space in workshops is limited. For more information and to register please contact klick@mymts.net.

We thank the generous support of the Manitoba Arts Council and our local sponsors:
W.B. Lewis Center Inc.
The College of Midwives of Manitoba
The Dam Restaurant
Solo Market Pinawa
Michael King
Jenel Shaw
Jack and Dianne Klick
Midnight Ink
Winnipeg River Heritage Museum
Body and Soul Relaxation Massage
Channel Systems
Winnipeg River Arts Council
Julie’s Creations